23 Crypto Projects I follow / Read about the What and the Why

Since I'm devoting part of my daily time to crypto projects in the search of investment opportunities, I seem to be drawn into the whole space, again! Like many of us, back in 2017, I was quite active, trading almost anything, irrespective of the project, goals, viability and promises. And then, early 2018, the massive dump of everything! I kept all that I had and left it where it was. Fortunately, my budget was more like a handful of cents, hence I didn't lose anything, but I gained a huge amount of experience!

Q3'20 I got myself connected again with cryptos. In all these years, I kept myself involved a lot with HIVE and many of the dApps build around this chain. In that sense, I always kept myself involved with the crypto universe (well, more like the HIVE universe 🙃). Also, I've been following the crypto space as such, but not more than just following the major events and trends. Nothing woke me up. Not even the DeFi hype followed by the NFT hype.

Last October, it was KOINOS that got me back into none-HIVE crypto projects again. Mined for a few days. Connected with the community on Discord and Telegram and eventually spend a lot of time talking 'rubbish' with all others having an interest in KOINOS. It was GREAT FUN {for a reason with capital letters 🙃}. One thing led to another, and now I find myself devoting considerable time investigating crypto projects. Reading whitepapers, Analysing websites, Researching team members, Discovering influencers, Viewing videos, Hearing podcasts, Chatting with crypto fans, and advising friends and acquaintances when they approach me with the question: "Shall I start investing in Crypto?"

For weeks I was planning to share some of what I've discovered with you, the LEO community. Only today I thought of how I can bring you some information that can be of value. I ditched a business meeting this afternoon, so I could write this post. Do you see how dedicated I can be? 🤣


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I use 'My Portfolio' page at CoinGecko to track the crypto's that for one or the other reason got my interest. In some of them, I'm invested. Others are either undecided, or I just want to see how they evolve. I was surprised when I created the screenshot. The list is longer than I expected. That said, with more than 5k coins and token in the market, and likely more than a few 10s of thousands of projects in the crypto universe, this list is super short. And I'm sure, when I would know all the projects from in and out, this list will be much longer.

Socials

Social chains and projects are quite well established on my list. HIVE and LEO (wLEO) are obvious of course. But also APPICS, STEEM and HUNT are on the list.

APPICS, the Instagram on a blockchain, I like as a service and use it from time to time. Currently still on the Steem chain, soon it'll move to Telos (TLOS). The reason why Steem and TLOS are amongst the 23 coins/tokens I follow more closely. I have to dig into TLOS more, but it seems to be a chain build on top of EOS and has a growing eco-system of its own; Some interesting dApps for sure. Think of NFT. Think of Gaming. Think of Gig Economy and more.

HUNT, initially launched on the Steem chain with the crypto version of Product Hunt, a service I liked because of what it tried to create. Though the team initially showed they wanted to create a really valuable service, in the end, it became a place of spam and buddy voting. For a few months using the service, I had a great time. For some reason, I can't de-scope this token from my tracking list. I still like the concept.

Leasure

AVA, the token of the Travala service, is for sure on this list. Travala is one of the few crypto projects bridging crypto to the mass. It's a travel service through which anybody can book hotels and flights. They use Booking.com (and Agoda as far as I know) databases, so almost everything you can find elsewhere is available through Travala. But that's not all! Paying for the nights and travels can be done with a wide variety of crypto coins and tokens. Added to that, with every purchase the buyer is rewarded with some AVA tokens. How cool is that? The perfect way to get none-crypto people acquainted with crypto. And what about the crypto people? They can buy real-life valuable services with their crypto's! Everybody travels. Some more than others, but everybody travels. Many use Booking and Agoda to get their accommodations and flights in the pocket. I'll not be surprised when this project will enter the top 20, or even top 10. Crypto space can learn from the approach Travala took!


crypto tracker | screenshot from coingecko portfolio service

DeFi

NIOX, EASY, FXF, GYSR, SOAR, WISE, XVIX, ZEFU. This space I try and pick up for the last few months. But màààààannnnn! Soooo many projects and tokens! Some of them are more or less straightforward to comprehend, but others are quite complex. It almost looks to me, the banks with their math departments entered the crypto space, trying to create as complex financial instruments as possible. Left and right, new projects. And what astonishes me a lot, is the fact some of the smaller projects gain traction without decent information, without a whitepaper, without transparency of the team. Traders and speculators moving in (and out) with up to 50 and 100 Ether per swap. Are they crazy? Or am I the crazy one? Influencers are shilling some of the tokens in my follow list (eg EASY). While others entered the list based on video and audio reviews which I qualified as interesting (eg SOAR). Some of them got my attention due to the way the team presents itself in combination with the service they setup (eg FXF, WISE, ZEFU). A few are on my list because I don't understand what's happening (eg GYSR, XVIX).

Gaming

FUN, EHRT. I'm not a gamer myself, but I would be stupid when not including some of the gaming chains and tokens in my follow list. Back in 2017, it was FUNfair that got my attention. The first and only chain to power (online) casino's. They came a long way, since the chain and token launch back then. By now, they have a relatively successful online casino while they also offer the service white labelled to the market. Needless to say: They have one of the best names out in the crypto universe. Who doesn't like to own a little FUN?

Technology

AGI, DATA, AGRS: I feel I have way too few technology projects on my list. Three only! I intend to grow this list in the coming months, a lot! AGI is in the space of AI. Love the brand they've chosen: Singularity. Something that will happen for sure! For those who don't know what Singularity means, in short: "Singularity is the event when AI reaches the same intelligence levels as a human". We just need the quantum computer, and Singularity will not be far out in the future anymore. That's not a belief, that's a certainty! In case you not agree, fine with me, but don't come to me whining and crying and all when it happens anyway. We shall prepare ourselves, since post-Singularity means, amongst others, no-jobs for any of us anymore. We are already very late to transform our social, natural raw material, financial and tech systems to able to deal with post-Singularity. Many are shouting to Wakeup when we follow too much our governments in COVID times. But we really need to Wakeup regarding Singularity and post-Singularity. The later will have devastating effects on us when not prepared. The effects of COVID will be overshadowed by a million times, at least. DATA is in the IoT space. AGRS is in the space of automated decision making based on (social) interactions.

What About You?

You must have your list of projects you follow for one or another reason. Don't hesitate to share them with us down below in the comment section. Or be inspired and write a post about them. I for sure am very much interested in what you believe are interesting and maybe even important projects. Who knows, I may write review and opinion articles about them 🙃

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